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10 Don’t-Miss Events in the Hudson Valley, Aug 31 – Sept 6 – Hudson Valley One

10 Don’t-Miss Events in the Hudson Valley, Aug 31 – Sept 6 - Hudson Valley One

Find your four-leaf clover. Hooley on the Hudson. Sunday, September 4, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at T.R. Gallo Park on the Rondout, Kingston. A full day of celebrating Irish culture in the Hudson Valley with live music and dancing. Parking for attendees is available in the Kingston Plaza, the Cornell Street public lot and at Kingston Point, where free shuttle buses will be provided to bring you to the event. For more information about this event, check out:
Elizabeth’s pick

Support your local artists. New Paltz Arts and Crafts Fair. Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5, 10 a.m. to-5:30 p.m. at the Ulster County Fairgrounds at 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. One of the premier events for arts and crafts in the Hudson Valley with food and fun for the whole family. For more information about this event, check out:
  Lynn’s pick

Up, up and away. Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival. Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4 at Tymor Park in Unionville. This event welcomes those interested in setting sail in a hot air balloon, as well as those just interested in fun, family activities. Aside from 100 planned hot air balloon ascensions, there will be food, live music and activities available at the festival. For more information about this event, check out:
Fran’s pick 

Catskill Mountain Climb. Hike for the Catskills. Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Catskills Visitor Center, 5096 New York 28, Mount Tremper. Spend the morning walking a one-mile, accessible loop trail at the Catskills Visitor Center (CVC). Explore forest and field habitats. Try your hand using binoculars, identifying plants and animals and climbing the fire tower in our backyard. We’ll talk about and practice “Leave No Trace” concepts throughout the walk. Meet at the CVC building. Please bring water and dress for a hike. The hike will be cancelled if there is inclement weather. To sign up for this event, check out:
Pam’s pick

How to write a song that matters. Dar Williams’ Book Launch. Tuesday, September 6th, 6:30 p.m. at Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly Street, Rhinebeck. The debut of critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Dar Williams’ book: How to Write A Song That Matters. Williams will share excerpts from her book and take audience questions, followed by a book-signing. To register for this event, check out:
Fran’s pick

Welcoming Fall to the Hudson Valley. Fleischmanns Fall Festival. Sunday, September 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fleischmanns Athletic Park, Wagner Avenue, Fleischmanns. A fun day for the whole family in the scenic Catskill Mountains with various vendors and workshops, such as various spiritual workshops, yoga and a drum circle. For more information about this event, check out:
Terence’s pick

Merging music & movie. Upstate Films presents Alien! with Hungry March band + Lucid Dreams Minigolf on September 3, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Opus 40, 356 George Sickle Road, Saugerties. NYC’s most energetic brass band takes over the meadow ahead of a special screening of Alien! Buy tickets or get more information at:
— Genia’s pick

It’s not an 80’s flashback. Actor and musician Corey Feldman performs on September 4 at 8 p.m. at The Colony, 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock. Featuring both old and new music, going back to Corey’s youth to music from his current album. For more information go to:
— Zac’s pick

Sunshine on my shoulders. Almost Heaven Songs of John Denver at Shadowland Stages, 157 Canal Street, Ellenville. Extended until September 18. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. First Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. a musical tribute and intimate celebration of John Denver’s life and career, told through his numerous hit songs. For tickets and more information go to: or call (845) 647-5511.

Chill out in the Caves. The New Cicada Trio on September 3 at 3 p.m. at Widow Jane Mine, 668 Route 213, Rosendale. A collaborative project of singer/violinist Iva Bittová, clarinetist David Rothenberg and singer/guitarist Timothy Hill. The broad range of sources of inspiration the three share makes for music that defies easy categorization. The Trio is highly informed and responsive to the sound environment of the natural world and its inhabitants, including mankind in the great variety of its manifestations through history and place. For more information and to purchase tickets go to: or call 845-658-9900.

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Event-filled day on Aug. 27 to benefit Lacombe & District Historical Society – Lacombe Express

Event-filled day on Aug. 27 to benefit Lacombe & District Historical Society - Lacombe Express

Lacombe will be hopping on Aug. 27 with exciting events being hosted throughout the day by the Lacombe & District Historical Society.

With the day serving as an important fundraising event for the Society, one of the key highlights will be the Servus Credit Union Harvest Dinner, explained Martin Bierens, Museum assistant.

“Servus is the title sponsor of that event,” he said, adding that proceeds will be going back to the Society to help fund everything from operations at the Michener House Museum, the Blacksmith Shop Museum and educational community programming to the creation of various exhibits.

“We kind of see it as an end-of-summer celebration,” he said.

“We also want to see it as a community-building event where we bring lots of people together and have a lot of fun.”

The four-course dinner, described as a farm-to-fork culinary experience, starts at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Lest We Forget Memorial Park next to the LMC.

Beer-pairing to each course will be provided by Blindman Brewing, Bierens said, adding that what’s being served that night is being kept a secret until the actual event.

The four courses will be prepared by four local chefs – an appetizer will be made by Laura Huband of Toller’s Bistro; the salad will be created by Matt Burton from FORNO; the main course is from Derek Layden of Millie Oak Cafe and Catering and dessert will be provided by George Saganis and Lance Sharpe of Leto’s Steakhouse & Bar.

Drinks will be provided by Hans Doef of Blindman Brewing.

“All the ingredients for the dinner are also being sourced from within Lacombe County,” said Bierens.

“We thought we were setting ourselves up for a big challenge but there are so many great farms who are willing to work with us – they are willing to donate for the dinner. We are really grateful,” he said. “We have so many people involved.”

Along with the dinner, there will also be silent and live auctions.

“Proceeds from both the silent and live auctions will be going to the Museum, too.”

Another highlight will be the Lacombe County 2022 Ag Tour, which will be visiting several local farms, said Bierens. Tickets for the tour must be purchased separately.

“Lacombe County actually has an Eventbrite post for that.

Also, check out the Lacombe Museum Artisan Market and the Blacksmith Shop Museum Hammer-In Festival – both will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At last count, about 20 artisans had signed up to showcase their wares at the market. “We still have spots open for last-minute sign-ups,” he said, adding that the market will be held along 49 St. As for the Hammer-In Festival, Bierens said visiting blacksmiths from all over Alberta will be in attendance.

“Both the Lacombe Museum Artisan Market and the Blacksmith Shop Museum Hammer-In Festival are free to attend. Of course, people are always welcome to donate,” he said.

Ultimately, Bierens said it’s a year of ‘firsts’.

“It’s the first year we’ve done the artisan market, the first year for the dinner and the first year for the bus tour. So we are really excited. It’s a full day of events,” he said. “And it’s going to be a blast.

“We’ve also gotten such a great community response.”

Bierens said some businesses and organizations even had approached the Society, wanting to be part of the day’s events.

“It’s really exciting to see that what we are doing here at the Museum is being recognized across the wider region.”

For tickets, check out or drop by the Flatiron Museum.